Documentary photography is facing an existential crisis - but it's also at an exciting crossroads. As the editorial model continues to collapse, new opportunities abound. But what does it take to embrace this new era, and survive with your vision in-tact? In the age of fake news and manipulated facts, how can we document the world around us in an authentic way and find some semblance of 'truth'?
Guy Martin and Laura El Tantawy are two documentary photographers working at the vanguard of the genre, breaking boundaries with conceptual approaches that challenge the principles of an outmoded 'rule-book' that is no longer fit for purpose.
Guy Martin – The Parallel State
After being injured in Libya, British photographer Guy Martin wasn’t sure if he’d ever shoot again. Then he started documenting the faux-reality of Turkish soap operas and the surreal political events they mirrored on the streets, blurring the line between what’s real and what’s fake to produce a comment on our post-truth age. The Parallel State showed at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2017 and will be published as a book by Gost in 2018.
Laura El-Tantawy – Beyond Here is Nothing
Growing up without a fixed place to call home, Laura El-Tantawy struggled with a fractured identity. Then she found liberation in the form of a camera, developing an impressionistic eye that helped her reconnect with her native Egypt. Beyond Here is Nothing is a photo-book object meditating on home. Drifting between the physical and the whimsical, the book reveals itself through layers of images and words.
Join us on Nov 7 as we discuss the future of documentary photography and the rules that may well be holding us back.